Expatriate derive their name from the collective experiences of their youth.
Front man Ben King grew up in the midst of Jakarta, behind the walls of a United Nations meets Dazed and Confused international school - he was living the contradiction of isolation in a big city.
It was here King first cut his teeth on politics, watching the corrupt regime of Indonesian President Suharto from behind the utopian society of a school without nationalities, flags or borders. At lunchtime students traded cassette tapes, recipes and languages. Argentinean friends introduced him to The Cure. A student cover band introduced him to Nirvana at assembly.
It was a stark contrast...